Hi, thanks for all the suggestion.
Tetenal always was available in the UK, years ago. I have bought Tetenal chemistry before, in the past. I doubt it would be very easy to find in a high street stockist (because these days it would be hard to find a high street stockist in the first place...) but I'll give Silverprint a try...
I have no problem with mixing Beutler's - I have mixed dozen's of developers before and still have a lot of chemicals. The Metol might have oxidised after this time, but I have lots of everything else available. My worry with chemicals is that I quite enjoy it and tend to get engrossed very easily. It is a lot of fun, but I found last time that I tended to neglect other aspects of the hobby - like actually taking some pictures!
The effect I got with the Acutol that I liked so much was pronounced Mackie lines. I took some figure studies where it almost looked like the model had been cut out of a dark background with a very accurate scalpel and pasted onto a backdrop - real pencil round the edges stuff. I've never managed to achieve this with Rodinal, despite it's reputation for Acutance.
Metol keeps well, I have some that's over 40 years old
Well in that case instead of ordering pre-mix I can only recommend Beutler to replace the Acutol.
Metol keeps very well BTW.
5g Sodiumsulfite (sicc.)
Fill up till 100ml with demi-water
5g Sodiumcarbonate (sicc.) or
14,6g Household soda (Sodiumcabonate . 10 H2O)
Fill up till 100ml with demi-water
Use it 1+1+10 e.g. 25ml A + 25ml B fill up till 250ml
I do not have FP4+ data available because I am not using Ilford films.
Three combinations I am using: Acros 100, Efke 25 and Rollei Pan 25 with Beutler.
Excuse me for butting in, but there is one thing to keep in mind about Mackie Lines. The human eye makes them also. You may see the effect at any sharp edge of high contrast. A high quality magnifier will show that this line will appear to vary in width, or even disappear at a near enough viewing distance. I have one photo in particular that shows this effect.
A fellow photographer once sent me a photo that he said had this edge effect due to use of Acutol. When I looked at it magnified what I saw was a very sharp edge, but no appreciable Mackie line. However, the unaided eye did see the line.
All I'm saying is to be sure that the Mackie line you see is in the object and not (at least not all) in your eye.
And this, folks, is one of the many reasons I keep coming back to APUG. :-)
Originally Posted by steven_e007
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.
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I notice that the Film Developing Cookbook (note: the sister publication to the Darkroom cookbook) gives the formula for Acutol S, or FX15 as Crawley dubbed it. When Paterson discontinued it, Crawley published the formula, which is apparently:
Sodium Sulphate anhydrous 100g
Sodium Bisulphate 0.5g
Sodium corbonate anhydrous 1g
Potassium Bromide 1.5g
Water to make 1L
Maybe someone can confim this.
There's another thread about Crawley developers and Acutol-S at the moment. It's a different developer and gives much more pronounced acutance and edge effects compared to Acutol but at the expense of grain & tonality.
All Paterson developers have an FX number, Acutol is FX-14 and hasn't yet been published, presumably because it could be re-introduced.
How do you tell if the Metol is only, say, 10% oxidized when the first thing you mix with it is sulfite? The oxidized Metol is converted to the sulfonate, from what I have read, which is somewhat weaker than metol, but better than oxidized Metol which is an inhibitor of development, or so I have read. If in fact sodium ascorbate will regenerate oxidized Metol, as I have read, why not add some to the Metol solution before adding the sulfite and hydroquinone of D-76? In fact, why not substitute 8 g. of sodium ascorbate in place of the 5 g. of Q?
Originally Posted by Ian Grant
someone else here already suggested Prescysol - with semi-stand development, I have found the same effects you are describing with Acutol - you may wish to give it a try